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Food Processing Equipment

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Market Overview 

The U.S. continues to hold its position as the largest supplier of food processing equipment to Argentina. Although local production figures are almost non-existent, imports are estimated to account for 70 to 85 percent of the total market. Imports peaked 2011 and while they decreased in 2012 due to overall economic conditions, imports from the U.S. regained market share. Imports are expected to return to moderate growth levels during 2013 and beyond.

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Sub- Sector Best Prospects

The segments that grew most in 2012 were machinery for the dairy processing industry (84.34.20), and machines for cleaning, sorting or grading seed, grain or dried leguminous vegetables (84.37). U.S. exports may continue to find opportunities in the following specialized areas: machines for cleaning, sorting or grading seed, grain or dried leguminous vegetables; equipment for fat and vegetable oil extraction and processing; machinery for the preparation of fruits, nuts or vegetables; and presses, crushers and similar machinery, used in the manufacture of wine, cider, fruit juices or similar beverages.

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Opportunities

While imports decreased in general in 2012, imports from the U.S. grew 22 percent, regaining their traditional market share. The food processing equipment market in Argentina relies heavily on imports by large domestic food processing companies and food exporters.

Argentina is the world's No. 3 soybean exporter, and the leader in soy oil and soy meal exports. It is also a top corn exporter. Expectations for record soybean and corn crops may continue to trigger investment in appropriate processing equipment.

Argentina remains a key market for U.S. exports to Latin America. U.S. products are often sought out, particularly in the higher-end technology segment. However, recent controls imposed by the Argentine government have made exporting goods from any country to Argentina more difficult. It is important for would-be exporters to Argentina to confirm that their Argentine customer has received all the necessary permits (see Chapter 5: Trade Regulations, Customs, and Standards).

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Key Figures

(In US$ Millions)

2011

2012

2013est

2014est

Total Market Size

201.83

165.59

171.45

179.16

Total Local Production

105.00

109.20

112.25

116.20

Total Exports

56.31

66.76

67.40

68.07

Total Imports

153.14

123.15

126.60

131.03

Imports from the U.S.

27.45

33.45

37.50

38.80

Note: Statistics are based on the following Mercosur Common External Tariff (MCET) Codes: 84.17.20; 8433.60; 8434.20; 8434.90; 8435; 8436.29.00.100; 8437; 8438; 8479.20.00

Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)

Data Sources:

  • Total Local Production: unofficial estimates based on industry reports
  • Total Exports: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data
  • Total Imports: Nosis/Exi- Net export/import data
  • Imports from U.S.: Nosis/Exi-Net export/import data

2012 import market share: United States: 27.1%; Italy: 14.2 %; Brazil: 10.3%; Germany: 10%

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Trade Events

In Argentina

Wine Processing

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Sitevi Mercosur
May – June 2014 (TBD)
UCIM Exhibition Center
City of Mendoza, Province of Mendoza
Exposium America Latina  
International Exhibition of Equipment and Techniques for Wine, Fruit-Growing and Wine-Making Sectors held every two years.

Dairy

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Mercolactea
May 2013 (TBD)
San Francisco Rural Association 
San Francisco, Province of Cordoba 
Diario La Nacion and Inforcampo Exposiciones S.A. 
International Exhibition for the Dairy Industry. 

Bakery

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FITHEP Mercosur
June 2015 (TBD)
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Publitec S.A. Editora
International Exhibition of Technology for Ice Cream, Confection,
Chocolate, Bakery, Pasta, Pizza, and Convenience Products. Takes place every two years.

Agribusiness

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Exposición Rural
July 18-30, 2013
La Rural Exhibition Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Sociedad Rural Argentina y La Rural S.A.
International Exhibition of Livestock, Agriculture, and Industry. 

Food Technology

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Tecno Fidta
September 16-19, 2013 
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Indexport Messe Frankfurt S.A. 
International Exhibition of Food Technology, Additives and Ingredients. Takes place every two years.

Food and Beverage

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SIAL Mercosur
August 2015 (TBD)
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Reed Exhibitions, La Rural, and Alimentaria Exhibitions
International Exhibition of Food and Beverage Equipment and Suppliers.

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Envase/Alimentek
August 6-9, 2013
Costa Salguero Convention Center
City of Buenos Aires 
Instituto Argentino del Envase
(Argentine Packaging Institute)
Food and beverage processing machinery and equipment show.

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FIAR
May 2015 (TBD)
Municipal Convention Center 
Rosario, Santa Fe Province
Municipality of the City of Rosario
Rosario International Food Fair. Food and beverage processing machinery and equipment show. Held every two years.

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Useful Links

Argentine Web Sites

Government

Food Industry Suppliers

Food Products

Meat and Poultry

Wine

Dairy

Packaging

U.S. Web Sites

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Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the U.S. Commercial Service Argentina Specialist mentioned below for additional information or assistance.

Liliana Paz
Food Processing and Packaging Equipment Sector Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service Argentina
Embassy of the United States of America
Av. Colombia 4300
C1425GMN Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (54-11) 5777-4519
Fax:    (54-11) 5777-4203
Email: Liliana.Paz@trade.gov

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